Building Evaluation Capacity: 72 Activities for Teaching and Training / Edition 1

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Overview

Building Evaluation Capacity provides 72 activities for learning how to design and conduct evaluation studies. These activities address the entire evaluation process. Each activity includes an overview, instructional objectives, time estimates, materials needed, handouts, and procedures for effectively using the activity, whether there are a few participants or an unlimited number in small groups. To help the reader locate specific kinds of activities, the book includes a chart that names the activity, the time needed to implement the activity, and whether background information or knowledge is required prior to implementing the activity. The book also includes several strategies for forming groups and a glossary of instructional strategies.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Quinn Patton
“Evaluative thinking is an acquired competence, not at all natural. This book offers the best and most comprehensive materials and exercises available for evaluation teaching and training. Students need practice to develop evaluation skills. These exercises provide opportunities to practice. Stakeholders need to learn to think evaluatively to participate meaningfully in evaluations. Every evaluation is therefore also a teaching opportunity and these materials facilitate the essential understandings needed to engage stakeholders. At the essence of all 72 activities presented by Preskill and Russ-Eft, from understanding different types of evaluation to making methods choices and analyzing data, is the challenge of thinking evaluatively. This book is a tremendous contribution to the profession.”
Katherine Ryan
“This book is an excellent resource for classroom and field instruction as well as professional development.”
John H. Zenger
“Finally, here is a book that goes beyond the theory of evaluation, or the question of what evaluation entails. Instead, it provides hundreds of practical approaches to actually do it. Beyond being all you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, this answers questions most of us have never thought about. It is a remarkable gift to our profession.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761928102
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hallie Preskill, Ph.D., has provided evaluation, organizational learning, and training workshops and services for healthcare, nonprofit, education, government, and corporate organizations for more than 25 years. She currently leads FSG's Strategic Evaluation approach area, leading a team of experienced consultants who provide evaluation expertise over a wide range of topic areas, including healthcare, economic development, youth and education, substance abuse prevention and treatment, community engagement, and human rights. Prior to joining FSG in 2009, Hallie held academic positions at three different universities, where she taught courses in program evaluation and organizational learning, most recently as Professor of Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She received the American Evaluation Association’s Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Outstanding Professional Practice in 2002 and the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. In 2007, she served as President of the American Evaluation Association.

Darlene Russ-Eft, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the new School of Education at Oregon State University. She is also a principal in zmresearch, an evaluation and research group focused on human resource development in organizations, and has served as a faculty member of the Evaluator's Institute. She is the former Director of Research at Achieve Global, Inc. (one of the largest training and consulting firms) and the former Director of Research Services at Zenger-Miller (a training firm focused on leadership). She coauthored Evaluation in Organizations: A Systematic Approach to Enhancing Learning Performance, and Change (Russ-Eft & Preskill, 2001) and Everyone a Leader: A Grassroots Model for the New Workplace (Bergmann, Hurson, & Russ-Eft, 1999). She has also coedited What Works: Assessment, Development, and Measurement (Bassi & Russ-Eft, 1999), What Works: Training and Development (Bassi & Russ-Eft, 1999), and the Human Resource Development Review (Russ-Eft, Preskill, & Sleezer, 1997). She has served as the chair of the Research Committee of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and as a member of the board of the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Russ-Eft is the current Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly, a refereed journal of the Academy of Human Resource Development and ASTD. She received the 1996 Times Mirror Editor of the Year Award and the Year 2000 AHRD Outstanding Scholar Award. For over 20 years, she has consulted in the areas of program evaluation, research design, and training and development, and has conducted evaluations in corporate, government, health care, nonprofit, educational, and community-based organizations. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on evaluation and training and development.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Matrix of Activities
Glossary of Instructional Methods
Strategies for Forming Small Groups
1. Overview of Evaluation
2. The Politics and Ethics of Evaluation Practice
3. Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Evaluation
4. Focusing the Evaluation
5. Evaluation Models, Approaches, and Designs
6. Issues of Validity and Sampling
7. Collecting Evaluation Data
8. Analyzing Evaluation Data
9. Communicating and Reporting Evaluation Processes and Findings
10. Managing the Evaluation
11. Building and Sustaining Support for Evaluation
12. Reflections on Learning
About the Authors

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